4.05.2016

Monday, April 4, 2016



DENR Caraga initiates mangrove tree planting for IDF

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region celebrated the International Day of Forests (IDF) with a mangrove tree planting activity on March 16 at the shores of the USS Narwhal Memorial Complex, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

The IDF is being observed every 21st day of March each year. IDF aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

“Today, we are celebrating the International Day of Forests with the theme: Forests and Water. Both are necessity in our daily lives, each deserves to be taken care of,” DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said.

“Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. Therefore, let us join our hands together for the protection of our forest,” he said.

The event was attended by more than 100 personnel from DENR Caraga Regional Office, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Nasipit, and the Local Government Unit of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. The participants have planted a total of 1, 500 seedlings of aviccena, bruguiera, and tangal, species of mangrove.

“Mangroves are our first line of defense from storm surges in the coastal communities. This would provide protection against sea water surges during strong typhoons on the people living along the shorelines,” Tamayo said.

The seedlings were planted in a way that would form the words “I LOVE NASIPIT” which will be visible from an aerial view. This is also part of the advocacy of the CENR Office in that area to maintain Narwhal Memorial Complex as one of the tourist spots. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DENR Caraga awards CCA champions

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region has conferred awards to its partners in the Climate Change Advocacy during the Environmental Youth Forum recently held in one of the convention centers here.

“The DENR is mandated to protect and conserve the environment and can effectively do the work with the support of our partners through the information, education, and communication campaign,” DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said.

“Media partners like the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) contributed to the success of our programs and projects,” he said.

The awardees are PIA Caraga, PCOO, ABS-CBN Butuan, Hope Radio Philippines, Manila Bulletin, Mindanao News Courier, Mindanao Centro Daily, Radyo Trumpeta, Bombo Radyo Butuan, Radyo ng Bayan, Caraga Commentators Club, DXRR Radyo serbisyo Nasipit, and DXDA Radyo Agusan.

The awardees were given plaques and certificates of recognition for their continuous support in the climate change advocacy which paves the way to changing lives of the people in Caraga.         

The tribute to the climate change advocacy partners of the DENR was conducted as part of the 2016 Environmental Youth Forum with the theme “One Voice. One Goal. Multiple Action” attended by about 110 participants which include teachers, students, youth desk officers, media practitioners, and DENR personnel.

“We hope that we all continue to take care of our environment. We need the support of the people in all walks of life, with our single voices, let us promote one goal, and from there, let us create multiple actions that will benefit our environment,” Tamayo said. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DAR conducts farm management training to SurSur ARBs

By Myra Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 4 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Sur Provincial Office recently conducted a training on farm management with climate change adaptation to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Tago, Surigao del Sur.

The activity aims to capacitate ARBs for future projects on rice production with climate change resiliency to be implemented within the agrarian reform areas.

During the training, the farmers were provided with additional knowledge on what rice varieties or crops to be considered in their areas which apparently exposed to flooding. They were also introduced with proper farm management to protect their harvests.

Among the participants who attended the training are members of the DAR assisted organizations namely, Gamut Farmers Irrigators Group and Binati Lateral H Irrigators Association. (NGBT/DAR Info Officer/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PSA Caraga prepares for April 2016 labor force survey

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office Caraga will conduct the April 2016 Labor Force Survey (LFS) from April 8 to 30, 2016.

The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the PSA to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.

The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparations of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Specifically, the LFS is designed to collect information on the distribution of household population 15 years old and over, by employment status, by sex, and age group; distribution of employed persons by major occupation group, major industry group, class of worker, number of hours worked, highest grade completed, nature of employment, and by sex; distribution of underemployed persons by total hours worked, major occupation group, class of worker, and by sex; and distribution of unemployed persons by age group, highest grade completed, by number of weeks looking for work, job search method, and by sex.

The April 2016 LFS covers about 45,000 sample households nationwide.  This sample size will allow the generation of reliable estimates of indicators of employment at the regional level. In Caraga Region, the field interviewers will be visiting around 2,762 households.

The PSA field staff and selected trained statistical researchers in Caraga will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview to the sample households during enumeration period. The information collected shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of RA 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur OFW family circles undergo financial literacy training, values reorientation

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) - Some 57 members of Labnig OFW and Dependents Association and Talacogon OFW and Dependents Association participated in the Financial Literacy and Values Reorientation training in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur on March 30, 2015.

The recently conducted two-day activity was made in partnership with the local government of Talacagon, Agusan del Sur through their Municipal Public Employment Service Officer Remigio I. Remedio and ATIKHA Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc., a partner non-government organization.

Acknowledging the difficult life treaded by workers overseas, the seminar aims to re-instill the essential Filipino values especially towards family and relationships.

“Unlike what our society thinks, earning money overseas is not easy. Their hard work abroad should be repaid by taking care of what they send us here. We are very lucky that OWWA has constantly been giving our municipality trainings that could help our OFW families build better lives,” shared PESO Manager Remedio during the opening program.

Cristy Mae Espejon, Community Organizer of ATIKHA, Inc. discussed Family and Income Management on the first day of the activity. Espejon emphasized the efficient management of family finances and practices on minimizing expenses through wise use of resources and the importance of saving and investment.

Meanwhile, Values Reorientation Seminar speaker Rosemarie R. Abadejos of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office addressed the individual characteristics and capabilities of each family member and their potential contribution in maintaining stronger family ties.

OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel S. Madrid reminded the participants to actively participate in the activity to gain deeper understanding of the topics which are very vital to their income management. Madrid also encouraged the members to continually intensify their organization and eventually be provided with more organizational trainings.

Moreover, a campaign on the programs and services of the agency and an advocacy for the welfare and interest of its member OFWs was also addressed during the activity. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)